Bernie Musser conducted a recent trip through Escalante Canyon for some of the club members calling themselves "Tired and Retired". Musser, a member of the group, was the ideal person to tell the stories of the canyon.
Her family had lived and farmed there since Bernie was eight years old. She has lived in Delta for a number of years now, though listening to her speak of the people, the history, and the geography of the area was a joy for all who were on the tour.
Transportation was provided by Gunnison River Expeditions with Mary Shea driving the van, stopping at points of interest, whenever anyone wanted to take a photo, or when several passengers wanted to get out and walk a bit. Lunch was provided by some of the club members and eaten at the "pot holes" where available picnic tables and restrooms made an ideal stop-over spot before continuing on down the canyon.
Among other sights seen: four Rocky Mountain sheep in an open field . . . then a larger group a bit farther up the road, and fields of pumpkins where fruit trees once grew.
The Tired and Retired started in the early 1950s by business and professional women. At one time there were 150 members. Now there is only 10 although the group is beginning to expand. There are no dues, no officers, and no fund raising events. Members meet once a month, eat at restaurants paying for their own lunch, with each taking their turn as a meeting program planner. Programs are varied and have included Daphna Russell speaking on her trip to Rwanda, and Miriam Hartig with dairying as her topic. An astrologist was featured one month and a speaker who had studied law in Scotland compared the experience to studying law in the U.S. Occasionally a trip such as the Escalante tour becomes the program.blog comments powered by Disqus